MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI & FRIENDS OF NEWBERRY COLLEGE, FALL/WINTER 2012
about the cover Homecoming 2012 A Homecoming fireworks display illuminated the night sky over East Hall, while Alumni and friends danced the night away in Kaufmann Hall to a live band. See pages 27-28 for the full story about Homecoming 2012.
Look for the next edition of Dimensions Magazine coming out this Spring featuring the Inauguration of Dr. Maurice William Scherrens as the Collegeâ€™s 22nd President, and May graduation photos.
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President's message exciting days at newberry college
Our students cite the facultystudent ratio and the caring attitude of our faculty as two of our most attractive characteristics.
–Dr. Scherrens President
Make sure to join us for the inauguration ceremony, April 12th, 2013.
Pursuing new academic and co-curricular initiatives These are exciting days at Newberry College. We have enrolled a strong class of freshmen and we experienced a 4% increase in retention from last year’s freshman class. We are actively recruiting an even stronger and larger class for this upcoming academic year. Newberry College is becoming more attractive to transfer students and we anticipate some additional student growth for spring 2013. The campus continues to look better every day as the staff works diligently to maintain the buildings and grounds. After conducting several interviews with our students, we have concluded that our greatest asset is the quality of our faculty. Our students cite the faculty-student ratio and the caring attitude of our faculty as two of our most attractive characteristics. In this edition of Dimensions, we highlighted seven of our outstanding faculty and we will continue to provide overviews of other faculty throughout the year. We have a great story to tell, and the story begins with telling all of our constituents about our excellent teaching faculty. Student life continues to improve as more and more student activities are scheduled for the evenings and weekends. Homecoming was a huge success as current students and alumni had a variety of opportunities to share in the festivities along with friends and supporters of Newberry College. The campus is vibrant at all hours and the library has experienced a substantial increase in student use, especially through the enrichment program. The leadership at Newberry College just recently completed the Summit exercises in October where strategic implementation actions were presented by selected academic officials as proposals to advance the College’s approved vision for 2017-2018. The team has a shared vision for the future and the Summit provided the format for the allocation of resources, prioritization of capital improvements, and implementation of our strategic plan. Newberry College is well-positioned to pursue new academic and co-curricular initiatives, and we are excited to be on this journey with each of you. 3
strategic plan update
executing the plan
In 2010, Newberry College embarked on a bold, two-year comprehensive, all-inclusive strategic planning process resulting in an “Enterprise Strategy,” “Campus Master Plan,” and “Quality Enhancement Plan” (QEP), all of which were approved by the College Board of Trustees in October 2011.
–Dr. Don W.Taylor Executive Director, Institutional Effectiveness Accreditation Liaison
If you would like to have a copy of the plan, contact Dr. Don W. Taylor in the Office for Institutional Effectiveness.
Building on the positive momentum achieved during 2010–2011, the strategic planning process at Newberry College, overseen by Dr. Donald Taylor, Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, continued to move forward at a progressive pace into the “execution phase” in 2012. During the execution phase, each academic and administrative department develops its own strategic plan in support of the Enterprise Strategy. “This is where the rubber hits the road,” says Dr. Maurice Scherrens, President. “The Enterprise Strategy is just another dusty document sitting on a shelf unless and until we develop and implement the individual departmental plans required to bring the comprehensive strategic plan to life.”
We are fortunate to have broad and deep buy-in for the Enterprise Strategy, which means enthusiastic participation during the departmental strategic planning process,” says Dr. Taylor. “We are also fortunate to have a new President who embraces the Enterprise Strategy and who is now leading the implementation charge.
The execution phase kicked off in early 2011 with each academic Department Chair being charged with developing a strategic plan, in conjunction with their faculty, which supports the approved Enterprise Strategy. All academic Department Chairs came together for a planning summit in June 2011 and
presented their plans to their peers. The result was very exciting! Each plan included a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats) analysis, a departmental mission statement, and goals aligned with the Enterprise Strategy. Each department also outlined a number of strategic initiatives aimed at increased enrollment, improved retention, and academic quality. Out of the 30+ initiatives presented, at least 12 were identified as having near-term enrollment and revenue potential. These initiatives will have a direct impact on achievement of the enrollment objectives outlined in the Enterprise Strategy. Also, early in 2011, a number of “cross-functional workgroups” were formed to address strategic issues spanning multiple campus functions. For example, there was a cross-functional workgroup consisting of faculty, staff, and athletic personnel organized to recommend revisions to the College’s Mission Statement & Goals to bring these into alignment with the Enterprise Strategy. The resulting revised Mission Statement & Goals is now in the final stages of approval by the Board of Trustees in January. Several cross-functional workgroups are dealing with other significant strategic issues such as “Ontological Leadership,” “The Student Experience,” and “Graduate & Adult Studies,” all directly related to bringing the Enterprise Strategy to life. A faculty group is hard at work revising the core curriculum to address the “Learning Ecosystem” portion of the Enterprise Strategy. President Scherrens has broadened the departmental planning process by kicking off a series of “Strategic Planning Summits,” involving both academic and administrative departments. On October 24 and 25, the first Summit was held, involving 18 academic and administrative department heads, including the President’s Council members. During this two-day event, participants presented ideas and discussed their strategic plans. Again, the results and the ideas were exciting. On November 16, the President hosted a follow-up session, “Scaling The Summit,” to discuss and prioritize the various initiatives presented. This will form the basis of the FY 13/14 budgeting process. The Southern Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) requires that every accredited institution have an all-inclusive, data-driven, on-going strategic planning process. Clearly the strategic planning process at Newberry College has been all-inclusive (more than 600 people and all departments involved) and data-driven. A healthy strategic planning process is never done. The strategic planning process at Newberry College is both “going on” and “on-going.”
Newberry College Ranks Among Top Tier Colleges in the South Newberry College ranks among the nation’s top regional colleges in the U.S. News & World Report 2013 ranking of America’s Best Colleges, featured at http://colleges. usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/. Data from more than 1,500 colleges and universities nationwide were collected to determine this year’s rankings, placing Newberry No. 34 among the first tier of the 100 best baccalaureate colleges in the southern region. This is the highest ranking Newberry has received to date. The College has launched several new initiatives as part of campus-wide efforts to expand its academic profile and enhance the student experience, including the re-establishment of an Accounting Program and development of an Athletic Training pre-professional program. “Students at Newberry College are challenged by dedicated, nationally-recognized faculty in the rigorous pursuit of knowledge in a learning environment where there is a conscious, caring effort to optimize the opportunities for students to fully engage in their personal quest for academic achievement and career success,” said Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens. “Students advance on this journey through critical thinking, leadership development, ethical decision-making, and a commitment to the core values of global awareness and community service.” The College has a long tradition of providing educational opportunities for a diverse population of students, offering a strong liberal arts foundation with specialized professional degree programs, including one of the only undergraduate forensic chemistry programs in the state and a music program widely known for its annual jazz festival.
U.S. News & World Report defines a baccalaureate college as an institution that focuses on undergraduate education while offering a wide range of degree programs in the liberal arts as well as professional fields, such as business, education and nursing. 5
Administration President Dr. Maurice Scherrens Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Dr. Timothy Elston Vice President of Administrative Affairs and Chief Financial Officer Kathy Worster Vice President Institutional Advancement Scott Joyner Dean of Students Dr. Kay Banks Dean of Enrollment Management Delsie Phillips Director of Athletics Matt Finley Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation Liaison Dr. Donald Taylor Chaplain and Director of Church Relations Ernie Worman Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees Bobbie Sides
new President's council During this academic year, Newberry College renewed its commitment to transparent and open communication. As the College reorganized its administrative leadership, new members were welcomed into the President's Council. Joining the team are Kathy Worster, Scott Joyner, Delsie Phillips, and Matt Finley. Tuesdays with Morrie Playing off the title of Mitch Albom’s 1997 bestseller, Tuesdays with Morrie, Newberry College President, Dr. Maurice “Morrie” Scherrens, began his fall 2012 tenure at the College holding bimonthly, open, afternoon briefings in Wiles Chapel. These meetings have been held the second and last Tuesdays of the month for faculty, students, and staff. They have provided the new president important time to build rapport with the campus community, which is essential to execute strategic initiatives that require collaboration. Each session has availed campus constituents a chance to experience and appreciate his award-winning, authentically transparent leadership style. Just as Mitch Albom’s regular Tuesday visits with a former, beloved professor illuminated the importance of trust-building, Dr. Morrie Scherrens believes that genuine, collaborative trust is required for honest institutional assessment and strategy implementation. The Wiles Chapel meetings give him the perfect forum for disseminating time-sensitive, strategic-plan developments presented to and from the Board of Trustees. They also afford vital opportunities for question and answer time for the President's Council as it leads the College deeper into planning and executing a vision that moves Newberry significantly forward.
VP Administrative Affairs and CFO
VP Institutional Advancement
Dean of Enrollment Management
Director of Athletics
Kathy Worster joins Newberry after serving 10 years as Vice President for Administration and Finance at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. Worster has 16 years of experience in higher education. During her tenure in that position, Worster managed 80 employees through 10 direct reports. She also managed an operating budget of $101 million, $26.9 million in federal financial aid grants and loans and state capital funds of $111.7 million. She has 10 years of experience in commercial banking, with three years as CFO for two banks in the Barnett Bank System in Florida. She earned a bachelor's degree from Simpson College, master's degree from University of Iowa, master's degree in business administration-finance from University of Texas, El Paso, and master's degree in accountancy from University of South Florida.
Scott Joyner joins Newberry after serving as Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Vice President of the Armstrong Foundation at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia. Joyner has over 17 years of higher education development experience including two capital campaigns, the $80 million Elon Vision and Rice University’s Next Century $500 million campaign. In July 2010, Joyner took on the role of Vice President of University Advancement at Armstrong. He directed all areas including annual giving, major and planned gifts, advancement services, alumni relations, research, marketing, and communications. He also served on the President’s Cabinet and directed the 26 member Armstrong Foundation Board, where he served as executive vice president. He is a 1993 graduate of North Carolina State University earning a bachelor’s degree in communication. He later earned a master’s degree in athletic administration from Georgia Southern University in 1995.
Delsie Z. Phillips joins Newberry after serving as an independent consultant for higher education with R/N/R Education Consulting, Inc. in Delray Beach, Florida. Phillips has over 25 years of experience working in enrollment management, including Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania and Vice President for Enrollment Management at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. At both Lynn and Haverford, she modernized and reorganized the admission operation, adding technology and sophisticated marketing strategies. She has also served on many professional association committees and presented at major conferences throughout her career. She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Clark University and later earned a master’s degree in student personal services higher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Matt Finley has been selected as the new Director of Athletics from a field of over 130 applicants. Finley has been with Newberry's Athletic Department for seven years and served in multiple positions over the last two academic years. Finley began his tenure at Newberry College in July 2005 as assistant wrestling coach. He was promoted to Associate Head wrestling coach in July 2008, serving as Director of Recruiting. In September 2011, Finley was promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Academic Services. Prior to his time at Newberry, Finley was the founder of the Clemson University club wrestling program, where he was the Director of Operations as well as head coach. Finley graduated with a bachelor's degree from Clemson University in 2004, and in 2008, he received his master’s degree in sports leadership from Duquesne University.
Please join us this spring as Newberry College is filled with the soothing melodies of the Collegeâ€™s jazz band and spectacular live performances of the Department of Theatre.
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The 26th Annual SC Theatre Association Convention The mission of the South Carolina Theatre Association is to connect, create, and cultivate theatre in South Carolina. The 26th annual South Carolina Theatre Association (SCTA) convention was hosted by Newberry College in collaboration with the Newberry Opera House and Newberry Firehouse Convention Center in November 2012. Newberry College has had the privilege of hosting it three times. The convention had great participation with twenty-two high schools from all over the state. The convention theme was "Breaking the Fourth Wall: The Transforming Art of Theatre" and featured Guest Artists/Workshop presenters Kel Mitchell, from Chicago, and Tammi Mac, from Los Angeles. Mitchell starred in Nickelodeon's All That from 1994-1999. He and co-star Kenan Thompson starred in the spin-off series Kenan & Kel from 1996-2000, as well as a 1997 major motion picture, entitled Good Burger. Mac is featured in national commercial campaigns for McDonalds, Kmart, Sam's Club and many more. She also hosts an afternoon radio talk show, Mac and Amiche on a Los Angeles based station, 102.3 KJLH. "We are happy SCTA came back to Newberry for the third time in 12 years and hope to host again in the future," said Patrick Gagliano, Chair, Department of Arts and Communications. "In the welcoming environment of downtown Newberry, the collaboration between the Newberry Opera House, the Firehouse Convention Center and the faculty, staff and students of the College, created a very positive experience for all attending."
The convention provided over 20 Master Classes and workshops offered by state and national teachers, professors, and professional artists. Twelve Colleges and Universities offered exhibits and nearly 30 high school students auditioned for scholarships. College students from four different institutions participated in the 10-minute Play Works, including Newberry College faculty and students. On November 2, Newberry College students were highlighted in a feature performance of a portion of the musical Into The Woods, with a welcome from Newberry College President Maurice Scherrens preceding the performance. Into The Woods is based on the classic fairy tale by James Lapine with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Planning for this convention began in April 2012 with collaboration from SCTA Program Committee Chair, Ursula Robinson of South Carolina State University. There were many Newberry College faculty involved, including Local Arrangements Coordinator, Patrick Gagliano, Chair of the Department of Arts and Communications; Local Arrangement Technical Supervisor, Matthew Fuller, Associate Professor of Theatre/Director of Technical Theatre; and Auditions Respondent and Workshop Presenter, Mandy L. Butler, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Speech. Fourteen Newberry College students also volunteered their time and worked approximately 8-10 hours each to help with the festival operations.
MURDER MYSTERY WEEKEND OF DOOM: A LOVE STORY A melodramatic comedy by Newberry College Alum Steven Stack (’96) ~ One Act, Rated PG
Murder Mystery Weekend Of Doom: A Love Story tells of a pivotal day in the life of Natasha Winters, who runs a murder mystery weekend scam. The guests arrive and all is well until the murders occur, overshadowing the several fake murders that were supposed to happen, which leads to an important question: "Will anyone survive long enough to solve the mystery?" This question, along with many others including, "Why would anyone use an acorn catapult to murder someone?" will be answered in Murder Mystery Weekend Of Doom: A Love Story, a new comedy by Steven Stack.
Friday, April 5 – 8pm & Saturday, April 6 – 8pm Free admission with current Newberry College ID for all current faculty, staff, students. $8 tickets for general public. Location: Newberry Opera House. 9
values based education In an office overlooking the quad from the second floor of historic Keller Hall, the Values Based Learning Program (VBLP) is in its seventh year of promoting service and citizenship across the curriculum.
–Dr. Joe McDonald Director, Values Based Learning Program
It began in summer 2006 with a name based on Martin Luther’s concept of Christian Vocation, that we are all called to serve, based on our deepest values. The program began with an initial focus on service-learning, which is the inclusion of a community service component in an academic class. Service-learning has three goals: (1) enhancement of the academic experience of a class as students use community service to test, apply, and expand knowledge gained in the class; (2) benefits to the community as students contribute valuable time and effort in support of community schools and non-profits; and (3) education for citizenship as students learn and practice the skills of being effective community members and leaders. Over the years, almost 500 students per year have participated in service-learning which translates into over 4000 hours of service at area schools and non-profits annually. Students write papers, keep journals, and make class presentations as ways of demonstrating what they learn. The service becomes the equivalent of another text in classes. The VBLP has created strong partnerships with the schools and non-profit agencies where students serve. These sites provide the activities and the supervision necessary to give students a quality experience. Partners include the Free Medical Clinic, Living Hope Food Pantry, Newberry County Literacy Council, Newberry College Shop Around the Corner, Lowman Home, First Steps Program, Newberry Housing Authority, and area public schools. In recognition of its efforts to make service a part of the educational experience, the VBLP has been named to the national President’s Honor Roll of Community Service.
–Amanda McSwine AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer
Since its inception in 2006, the Director of the program has been Dr. Joe McDonald. Previously a sociology professor for eighteen years at Newberry, Dr. McDonald saw the VBLP as an opportunity to build a new program around an activity, service-learning, that he had been involved with in his sociology courses for over a decade. This year he is assisted by an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer, Amanda McSwine. VISTA volunteers are recent college graduates who give a year of service to a community organization or college with a community service program. Amanda graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis in May and began her position in early August. “My high school had a graduation requirement of 50 hours of community service,” she stated. “After that I never stopped. I have learned so much about my role in the community and I have also discovered a lot about myself.”
Among her many responsibilities she is revitalizing the campus community service group, ECHO, and strengthening ties with community partners. The VBLP has expanded its operations over the years. In addition to promoting service-learning, VBLP now partners with the campus Quality Enhancement Plan in building greater vocational reflection among students, with the Office of Student Affairs in its new theme-based living and learning community, and with various academic departments in promoting learning communities where students take two classes with a common theme and engage in related service activities. The VBLP has also begun an academic minor in Community Service Studies where students combine courses about community, theories of service, sociology and political science with community service placements. All of these programs and efforts of the VBLP promote an important part of
the mission of the College, nurturing students for lives of service and leadership, and connect directly to the College’s new strategic plan, the Educational Ecosystem. This plan places a significant focus on the campus-community connection and on students’ civic formation, the learning of those skills and habits and qualities that are necessary for democratic participation. As Dr. McDonald points out, “colleges since the days of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin have talked about the importance of preparing students to be effective and active citizens but often have not built the means of doing this. The Values Based Learning Program serves as the advocate and facilitator for this education at Newberry. The grounding of the program in Lutheran theology gives it a unique perspective and quality that distinguishes it from programs at other colleges.” Newberry College can look with pride at graduates as they take the lead in promoting service and citizenship in their communities.
Pictured above are Newberry College recruiters at the ELCA National Youth Gathering in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 18–22, 2012
New Orleans ELCA National Youth Gathering Every three years, around 35,000 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America high school students, their youth ministers and pastors attend the largest Christian youth gathering in America, the ELCA National Youth Gathering. Imagine five evenings of worship with incredible speakers and inspirational Christian bands in concert at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Now add to the experience a full day performing a service project with 10,000 other youth scattered throughout the greater New Orleans, Louisiana area. Top it off with 10,000 students packing sidewalks and crosswalks, all headed to experience a day of thought-provoking and energy-releasing activities in the huge Morial Convention Center on the banks of the Mississippi River. The facility hosted a massive blood drive, Habitat For Humanity assembly projects, and social ministry displays informing participants of the growing global threat of malaria and the lack of sufficient clean water supplies throughout the world. It was inside this enormous facility where a large area was reserved for all the Lutheran College and Universities in America to engage thousands of perspective students. Newberry College is committed to being a supporting partner in the Lutheran Education Conference of North America’s (LECNA) collaborative mission to recruit Lutheran students for LECNA institution’s excellent programs. Newberry’s representatives enjoyed answering questions and receiving contact information for the admissions department to follow up. The smiles on their faces say it all. It was a labor of love! 11
servicE learning Sharing the story about Scar Students, student-athletes, and coaches recently visited local elementary schools to read to students the children’s book, Scar, the Helpful Wolf, a story about Newberry College’s mascot, Scar. The book is authored by alumus Kevin Boozer (’10) and is illustrated in a way that is very easy for young children to understand. Kim Hamilton, Principal of Boundary Street Elementary, said, “This gives our students an opportunity to learn about character education and Newberry College, through an engaging book that allows them to make real world connections.” Scar, The Helpful Wolf Now Available at the Newberry College Bookstore!
Newberry College and children’s book author Kevin Boozer (2010 alumnus) collaborated to produce a children’s book featuring our mascot, Scar. With an emphasis on character education and leadership, Scar, The Helpful Wolf is a great choice for any age child and for anyone who has an affinity for Newberry College. The price of the book is $14.95. 12
Not only do the elementary students benefit from this character-building experience, but the College undergraduates participating also gained a lot from this service-learning experience. Students representing the Rotaracts Club, a College group version of the Rotary Club, donated $200 for the purchase of 15 textbooks for the library at Boundary Street Elementary. “Our students are happy to give back to the children in our community,” said Scott Joyner, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. The Office of Institutional Advancement gave a copy of the book to each school library during the elementary school visits. Newberry College students will continue to visit local elementary schools sharing the story of Scar, the Helpful Wolf.
It’s a great feeling to give back to the community that supports us! By us taking the time out of our schedules to visit, the kids really put a big smile on their faces. Little did they know that they were the reason for the smiles on our faces, by making us feel like heroes. – Ansel Trotter, senior football player, pictured
above (l to r) with Troy Thompson, freshman football player, and local elementary school children.
The Cross and the Swastika On October 1, the Reverend Dr. Carl Fisher presented a campus Fine Arts Lecture (FAL) in the West Recital Hall entitled The Cross and the Swastika.
Dr. Fisher’s travels in ministry have taken him through every continent and more than 130 countries. He is a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne University and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. His wife, Miriam Eleazer Fisher (`59), is a Newberry graduate. As a gift to Newberry College, Dr. Fisher donated two copies of The Cross and the Swastika to Wessels Library.
Chosen from the title of a book authored by historian Frederick Grossmith, which utilized Dr. Fisher’s input, the presentation recalled a memorable portion of Dr. Fisher’s childhood living in Nuremburg, Germany at the time of the Nuremburg Trials. There, he was able to attend a portion of those hearings. This privilege took on even greater meaning because Fisher’s father, Roy Fisher, an army chaplain, was able to answer the tribunal’s call for German New Testament Bibles for Adolf Hitler’s incarcerated, highranking Nazis, who wanted these for spiritual aid. Dr. Fisher’s gripping lecture also focused on some of the themes which birthed and fueled the Holocaust. He noted several modern parallels that need courageous witnesses to seek repentance and forgiveness to help bring about reconciliation. Fisher’s father, Chaplain Roy Fisher, provided men many described as “the most hated in the world” with the New Testaments, and 17 of the 21 showed their appreciation for them by autographing their names inside one of the New Testaments. That most rare Nuremburg artifact was willed to Dr. Fisher after his father died, and he brought the autographed Bible with him to Newberry for the lecture.
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Series of Events
Speaker Bureaus College Life Presentations Taking seriously the need to address the college life topics of hazing, alcohol use, sexual assault and diversity, two nationally recognized speaker bureaus, Campuspeaks and Campus Outreach Services, provided Newberry’s campus five excellent Fine Arts and Lecture (FAL) presentations.
• September 10th: Mis-Education of the Black Greek Experience by Rasheed Cromwell, Esq. of The Harbor Institute.
• September 20th: Preventing Hazing on Your Campus by Tracy Maxwell, Director of National Hazing Prevention Organization. The cardboard box display arranged haphazardly next to the fountain on the quad was part of a week-long series of events that were part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Events included students handing out Dum-Dum suckers with hunger and homelessness information attached to them at tables in the cafeteria, showing a documentary about those living below the poverty line, hosting a speaker from Columbia discussing homelessness in South Carolina, and participating in a 24-hour fast.
• September 24th: Sex Signals – issues surrounding dating, sex and date rape on college campuses. • October 17th: Your Brain and Body on Alcohol. • November 26th: Reel Diversity by Brian Johnson- the concept of diversity through associated values, expressions of identity, similarity, and the devaluation of “different.” 13
STUDENT kudos & accolades
• Emily Rickenbaker, a junior Biology major, worked at Riverbanks Zoo as an intern in its mammal department, specifically the cat/ bear area. She says this experience gave her great insight and appreciation of the vast knowledge and deep level of commitment that professional trainers and handlers must possess to responsibly care for these animals’ physical and emotional wellbeing. q
• Kierstin Bockelman, a senior Biology major, worked at Santee Cooper as an Environmental Intern as part of a ten-week program. She lived at the headquarters for the state's leading electricity provider in Moncks Corner, SC during her experience.
• The Newberry College Summer Mentoring And Research Training (SMART) Program was created to add to the academic experience of Newberry College students by providing them with opportunities to research with faculty during the summer. The program is intended for motivated students to gain research experience with direct faculty mentoring. Newberry College SMART student-scholars experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity in a living-learning environment. Summer 2011 SMART scholars: Summer Burns, Shannon McCartha, Rob Ellis. Summer 2012 SMART scholars: Alaina Brown, Mike Sexton, Dustin Goodlett. q
(l to r) Christine McLaughlin, Laura Lanni, Alaina Brown, Kathryn Mock, Jordan White, Evelyn Swain, Mike Sexton, Peggy Barnes-Winder, Douglas Roberts, Betsy McDowell, Kaleigh Margita, Stephanie Sillay, Sara Peters who participated in this year’s Research Day. 14
• Twenty-two seniors received ribbons for their Newberry College scrubs indicating they had completed the first year of nursing courses successfully. • Senior nursing students participated in the inaugural Advanced Boot Camp for four days in August. Students began each day with prayer, calisthenics, breakfast, and moved through numerous stations/competitions where they refreshed previous knowledge and skills in earlier courses, such as components of various therapeutic diets. They were oriented to the new clinical skills and areas for this semester, completed prerequisites for the semester, including the medication calculation tests, and developed personal leadership and teamwork skills. (Articles about this event with pictures were published in the Newberry Observer and LMC's publication titled, The Intercom.) • Kaila Gibson, a Nursing major, was named the Snelgrove Nursing Scholar for this year.
• Victoria Hall, a junior Nursing major, was named the Gillette Nursing Scholar for this year. (2012-13 was the 1st year the Gillette scholarship was awarded.) • Matthew Padgett, a Business major, gained experience as a teller for the Queensboro National Bank in Augusta, GA.
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges • Each year, a select group of students is called forward to accept one of the most prestigious awards the academic community can bestow: selection to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. This exclusive honor is conferred by more than 2,842 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is symbolized by the presentation of an award certificate. This year, Newberry College awarded twelve students from the senior class with the honor of being selected as Who's Who. They are (top row, l to r) Richard Stevenson, Mathematics and Church Leadership major; Andrew Wigger, Communications major; Faith Carnes, Mathematics major; Rebecca Shaffer, Middle Level Education major; Bryan Riddick, Physical Education and Leisure Services major; Anthony Carosiello, Church Leadership and Religion and Philosophy major; (bottom row, l to r) Jessie Baldwin, Biology major; Julia Daneshfar, Political Science major; Jennifer Poole, Middle Level Education major; Meagan Baytes, Middle Level Education major; Kierstin Bockelman, Biology major; and Jesse Swain, Psychology major. • The Spanish Academy is an after-school program where Newberry College student volunteers teach Spanish to children at Newberry Elementary School in grades 2-5. Its mission is to introduce basic Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and culture to students living in a growing multicultural environment. It also provides Newberry College students with an opportunity to practice their foreign language skills through community outreach. The Academy currently has seven volunteers: Rebecca Eddy, Megan Johnson, Romina Adum, Marina Ziehe, Jonathan Hampton, Tamoyha Downs, and John Brasche. • Keyerria Howard served as a summer intern for the forensics division of the Sumter Police Department. She also attended a conference called BCCE for chemistry educators at Penn State University. She has received two job offers in the law enforcement field upon graduating in December 2012.
• Two rising seniors were selected to receive the muchcoveted Herff Jones-Alumni Association Ring Award. From a large selection of essays written by competing, registrarverified ring-eligible students, free college rings were awarded to Mario Rojas IV, a Business Administration major with minors in Mathematics and Graphic Design, and Bryan Riddick, a Leisure Services major with a minor in Sports Management. 15
new programs & majors Educational Services In the business world it’s called streamlining or restructuring, usually designed to create efficiencies that impact an organization’s bottom line. At Newberry College it’s called finding synergies that enhance academic support and higher retention rates, resulting in the formation of the Educational Services Division, a part of Academic Affairs. – Jane Willis Associate Dean for Educational Services
The impact has already been felt with higher freshman retention rates and greater student satisfaction. Programming will continue to be evaluated, assessed and revised accordingly, as the Division strives to meet students’ needs while supporting the College’s mission.
This newly formed division is under the direction of Associate Dean Jane Willis, who joined the Newberry College family in August 2011. When hired, she was charged with evaluating the academic services effort, determining gaps, and utilizing existing resources to fill those gaps. This effort has resulted in the integration of several entities within the College, including the Center for Student Success, Career Services, Library Services, Diversity Education, and Communications/Media. This new model provides the framework for a dynamic, synergistic division designed to provide seamless academic support to Newberry College’s 1000+ students.
The purpose is simple,” says Dean Willis. “Our goal is to empower students to succeed in the academic and professional arena, period.
This includes utilizing technology in the most effective ways, while providing one-on-one service to students as much as possible. “Our goal is to enable students to become independent learners and researchers, with a clear career direction, while understanding how to utilize the tools that are available to them,” continues Dean Willis. This is done through dedicated Disabilities Support, International Student Services, Career Services, Academic Advising, Library Services, and Diversity Education. It is reinforced through exemplary library resources and media and communication support.
Here are some examples of new or enhanced initiatives: • New technology has been initiated to allow students and employers to interact via job postings and uploaded resumes. Newberry College students participated in two major job fairs in spring 2012 resulting in numerous job offers for graduating seniors. In addition, in fall 2012 the school hosted its first parttime Job Fair and the first Graduate-Professional School Fair in recent history.
• In the past 6 months, library resources have been enhanced to include almost 15,000 Ebooks, over 40 discipline-specific databases and 60 academic journal subscriptions, including e-journals. The website has been updated and the catalog interface has been upgraded. In addition, the physical space is being evaluated to determine new ways it can be utilized for collaborative and independent learning. By fall 2013, the library plans to have additional quiet study space available, as well as a dedicated Tutoring Center with drop-in tutoring for all major subject areas available every evening.
• Since January 2012, the Educational Services Division has partnered with the Athletic Department to provide structured academic enrichment hours for athletes, as required by the specific coaching staffs. This collaboration has resulted in GPA increases and the retention of athletes who, otherwise, might not have been able to return to school or maintain eligibility to play their sport. • Media and communication resources have been used this year to produce online tutorials for academic classes and provide video streaming of academic events. Plans for the future include internet “how to” videos for incoming students and their parents, as well as for current students. • In summer 2012, the Center for Student Success consolidated and managed freshmen advising to provide efficiencies and consistency to the incoming freshmen class. • In fall 2012, Diversity Education initiatives included the creation of “safe zones” on campus. This initiative and other intentional programming are designed to foster an inclusive campus environment where diversity is valued and appreciated.
Social Media Major Newberry College is pleased to announce the addition of its new Social Media major and minor beginning in fall 2013. Offered through the Department of Arts and Communications, the Social Media major is an original interdisciplinary program that will capitalize on the strengths of existing courses in Graphic Design, Communications, Business Administration, Psychology, and Statistics. Four innovative courses, created specifically for the Social Media major, are also included in the curriculum. “Newberry has something that very few colleges have to offer, an exciting major that will prepare graduates to be pioneers in a cutting edge industry and will create critical thinkers and innovators,” said Tania Sosiak, Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Social Media and founder of the new program. The Social Media major is just one of the new majors available at Newberry College. The College re-established the Accounting major for fall 2012. Also in 2012, the Department of Athletics and Department of Teacher Education and Sport Professions collaborated to introduce a new minor in Athletic Training. For more information please contact: Tania Sosiak Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Social Media firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Bouknight Assistant Director of Admissions email@example.com 17
Faculty kudos & updates • Dr. Timothy G. Elston has been appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Newberry College. He has served in this position on an interim basis since July 2011. A faculty committee was established by President Scherrens to assess Dr. Elston as a candidate for this position. Dr. Elston began his career at Newberry College in 2004 as an Assistant Professor of History and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009. He served as Chair of the Department of History and Social Sciences from 2007 to fall 2010. In 2011 he was named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He was later promoted to Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College where he managed a $5 million dollar budget while overseeing all academic programs and guiding faculty in academic strategic planning.
During the year, Newberry College renewed its commitment to effective academic structure and leadership. As the College reorganized into seven academic departments, new faculty were welcomed and individual Newberry faculty across all areas were active in research, teaching, and participation in professional educational organizations. • Dr. Betsy McDowell, Professor and Chair of the Department of Nursing, was elected chair of the Newberry College Faculty Council for 2012-13. She also was named the new editor of SPN (Society of Pediatric Nurses) News. SPN News is published six times a year for members and friends of SPN. Dr. McDowell's term as President of the SC League for Nursing ended in November.
• Susie Pippin, Adjunct Faculty, renewed her certification as a pediatric nurse through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and completed ACLS (Advanced • Dr. Laura Lanni, presented Cardiac Life Support) and “The End of Cookbook Chemistry NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Experiments: Student-designed Program) courses through the Procedures” at BCCE in PA. American Heart Association. 18
• Patrick Gagliano, Chair of the Department of Arts and Communications, recently performed the one-man play, Katherine Luther: A Burr To A Topcoat, by Rev. John Trump. He performed this drama ministry at St. Andrews Lutheran Church and at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, both in Columbia, SC. He is coordinating with Chaplain Worman to present the play in January 2013 on campus. • Lynn Dowd, Director of Teaching Fellows and Newberry College’s Teacher Cadet program, led this year’s College Day on September 21, 2012, during which over 150 high school students explored Newbery College’s program offerings and took tours of the campus.
• Jennifer Morrison, Chair of Teacher Education and Sport Professions, presented as an invited speaker at Francis Marion University’s Annual COE Fall Workshop in September. The title of her presentation was “From Questions to Data to Grades.” She also gave two presentations as an invited speaker at the international ASCD fall conference held in Atlanta, Georgia, in October: “Data Literacy: Setting the Foundation and Framing the Work” and “Data Teams.” • Dr. Lisa Waller, published “Reflections at Hand: Using Student Response System Technology to Mediate Teacher Reflective Thinking” in the peer-reviewed Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.
Deans and Department Chairs • Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College – Dr. Timothy Elston • Associate Dean of the College, and Associate Accreditation Liaison – Dale Brown • Associate Dean for Educational Services – Jane Willis • Assistant Dean for Transformative Initiatives; Director, RETAIN Center of Excellence – Dr. Cindy Johnson • Department of Arts and Communications – Patrick Gagliano, Chair • Department of Business, Behavioral and Social Sciences – Dr. Joseph Franklin, Chair • Department of Teacher Education and Sport Professions – Jennifer Morrison, Chair • Department of Humanities – Dr. Timothy Elston, Co-Chair – Dale Brown, Co-Chair • Department of Music – Dr. Victor Vallo, Chair • Department of Nursing – Dr. Betsy McDowell, Chair • Department of Sciences and Mathematics – Dr. Christina McCartha, Chair
Professors Who Were Granted Tenure and/or Promotion Beginning Fall 2012: Tenure: Dr. Cindy Johnson Dr. Christina Wendland Promotion to Full Professor: Dr. Greg Cole Dr. Cindy Johnson Dr. Wayne Kannaday Dr. Jodie Peeler Dr. Steven Schweizer Promotion to Associate Professor: Dr. Christian Hipp Dr. Christina Wendland
Faculty in New Roles: Jennifer Morrison, Chair, Department of Teacher Education and Sport Professions Dr. Cindy Johnson, Assistant Dean for Transformative Initiatives; Director, RETAIN Center of Excellence Dr. Sid Parrish, Associate Director of Institutional Effectiveness
New Faculty Fall 2012 Abdelnaser Al-Hasan Department of Sciences and Mathematics Associate Professor of Mathematics University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Ph.D., 1998
Jessica L Nelson Department of Sciences and Mathematics Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics University of South Carolina, Ph.D., 2011
Mandy L. Butler Department of Arts and Communications Assistant Professor of Theatre and Speech Virginia Commonwealth University, M.F.A., 2011
Sara Ann Peters Department of Business, Behavioral and Social Sciences Assistant Professor of Psychology University of South Carolina, M.A., 2010 Daphne Poore Department of Teacher Education and Sport Professions Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education Walden University, M.Ed., 2008
Donald Lawrimore Department of Teacher Education and Sport Professions Assistant Professor of Secondary Education The Citadel, M.Ed., 1995 John Lesaine Department of Teacher Education and Sport Professions Assistant Professor of Physical Education Valdosta State University, M.Ed., 2009 Jennifer Martinsen Department of Humanities Assistant Professor of English University of South Carolina, Ph.D., 2010
Nancy Rosenwald Director of Wessels Library Assistant Professor of Library Services Columbia University, M.L.S., 1979. Dwaine Thomas Department of Nursing Assistant Professor of Nursing Walden University, Masters of Nursing, 2011 Victor William Vallo Department of Music Professor of Music University of Florida, Ph.D., 1991 19
pursuing academic excellence Congratulations to our list of outstanding professors, recently selected by department chairs, to represent their disciplines/departments.
Dr. Parrish has been interested in science since he was young; he wanted to know why things were designed the way they were. He became hooked in college when he was given the opportunity to investigate highly reactive molecules. Since then, he has focused his research on analyzing samples of forensic importance and developing materials that can be used in forensic analysis.
Dr. Waller’s real-life teaching experiences, innovative and proven classroom approaches, and comprehensive educational credentials are the basis of her instruction of classes in elementary and middle-level education. In 2012, Dr. Waller was selected by students to receive the Dr. Grady L. Cooper Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Why Study Chemistry? Students graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to have successful careers and lives. Our graduates are currently employed in forensics/ law enforcement, industrial and environmental labs, and high schools; they also have been accepted into nationally renowned graduate and professional programs. 20
Lisa Waller – Assistant Professor, Dept. of Teacher Education and Sport Professions – Ph.D. University of South Carolina
Sid Parrish – Associate Professor of Chemistry, Dept. of Sciences and Mathematics - Ph.D. University of Florida
Why Enter Teacher Education? At Newberry College, professors truly care about their students’ success and well-being. In the teacher education program, all students have our cell phone numbers so we are available to them. We strive to do whatever it takes to prepare our students for success while modeling what it means to be an effective teacher.
Jesse Scott – Professor of History, Dept. of Humanities – Ph.D. University of South Carolina
Dr. Scott, recipient of the 2008 SCICU Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2010-2011 Mr. W.C. “Billy” Carter Professorship Award, is a Professor of History who specializes in teaching students about the French Revolutionary/Napoleonic Era and Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. Why Study History? Earning a B.A. degree in History at Newberry College not only broadens students’ knowledge of the profession of history, but also enables students to acquire valuable skills that prepare them for employment in a wide variety of careers as well as advanced study in graduate programs and law school.
Dr. Barnes-Winder has been in education for 22 years; a two time NCSGA Teacher of the Year recipient, and a 2011 recipient of the Grady L. Cooper award for academic excellence and service, she believes that helping students realize their full potential is pivotal. Why Study Sport Professions? As an alumna of Newberry College, I can honestly say that Newberry is a very special place. Earning a B.S. degree in Teacher Education and Sport Professions (TESP) will allow students the opportunity to obtain an education consisting of broadbased knowledge that will extend beyond the classroom walls and prepare them for engaging careers.
Paul Smith- Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Dept. of Business, Behavioral and Social Sciences – M.B.A. Webster University Mr. Smith was awarded the 2011 YEScarolina Teacher of the Year
award and the 2010 Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Teacher of the year award for his commitment to youth entrepreneurship. He teaches marketing, personal finance, entrepreneurship, international business, and strategic management. Why Study Business? The Department of Business, Behavioral and Social Sciences at Newberry College prepares students for management and entrepreneurial leadership through scholastic inquiry, internships, and critical analysis.
Peggy Barnes-Winder – Professor of Physical Education, Dept. of Teacher Education and Sport Professions – Ph.D. Touro University International q
Al de Lachica – Assistant Professor of Communications, Dept. of Arts and Communications – M.A. University of Texas-Austin Mr. de Lachica worked as a professional musician, spent time working with hundreds of radio stations across the United States for a radio network, and has taught students all aspects of mass media for the past fifteen years. He currently teaches audio and video production in both introductory and advanced courses. Why Study Communications? At Newberry College, a Communications student is a
name, not a number, and students can begin using our facilities and audio/video equipment their very first semester. By the time students graduate, they will be well prepared in audio and video production, writing for the mass media, public relations, media law, and online media. Caring professionals provide students the attention they deserve and guide them toward their chosen career path.
Abdelnaser Al Hasan – Associate Professor of Mathematics, Dept. of Sciences and Mathematics – Ph.D. University of WisconsinMilwaukee q Dr. Al-Hasan is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Mathematics. His research interests are in Harmonic Analysis (particularly, Singular and Oscillatory integrals), History of Mathematics, Quantitative Literacy, and Undergraduate Mathematics Education. He has published several papers and has given numerous lectures. Why Study Mathematics? At Newberry College, students will find that our classes are small so that the faculty in the Mathematics Program can provide ample individualized support to help students be successful in their mathematics courses.
Wessels Library update In spring 2013, the recently renovated Wessels Library will become a significant cyber resource for life-long, post-graduate educational services. In cooperation with the Department of Institutional Advancement’s Alumni Relations Office, Wessels will soon be offering Newberry alumni an exclusive, valuable, on-line continuing education resource absolutely FREE. Only Newberry alumni will be given this “gift” of access to Ebsco’s Academic Search™ and Business Source® Alumni Edition databases free of charge.
Nancy Rosenwald is a Furman University History graduate who holds a Master of Arts in History from Wake Forest University and a Master of Library Science degree from Columbia University. Before coming to Newberry, she served as the Information Strategies Director at the South Carolina State Library in Columbia, SC.
Designed for the research needs of the post-college professional, Academic Search™ Alumni Edition provides full text for nearly 2,400 journals as well as indexing and abstracting for more than 7,370 journals. It avails cutting-edge information in nearly every area of academic study including biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion & theology, and more. Business Source® Alumni Edition provides nearly 1,350 full-text business magazines and journals, of which over 650 are peer-reviewed. It includes publications in nearly every area of business including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance, econometrics, economics, and more. Fulltext sources range from general periodicals to trade publications and top management journals. This resource includes country economic reports, industry reports, market research reports, company profiles, and more. “These continuing education assets are most significant for the serious, lifelong learner,” said Wessels new Director of Library Services, Nancy Rosenwald. “They empower users to strengthen their knowledge base for desired personal growth as well as career advancement or change.” All interested alumni will be provided a personal login and password that will allow them to use an array of up-to-date information from academic journals, newspapers, books, and periodicals absolutely free. Watch for this exciting roll-out in the spring!
Learning is not a product of schooling but the lifelong attempt to acquire it. – Albert Einstein
new athletic opportunities Newberry College Dance Team The Newberry College Athletic Department will receive a boost in the spirit department, as Director of Athletics Matt Finley has announced the addition of a dance team in the 2013-14 academic year. While not an NCAA-sanctioned sport, the addition of the dance squad will offer more competitive opportunities for women on the Newberry campus. "This new dance team is a great opportunity to expand our spirit presence at games and will also open up more chances for Newberry to compete across the region and the nation," Finley said. A search is underway for a head coach, with information on how to join the team to come shortly.
Newberry College Women’s Field Hockey Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens and Director of Athletics Matt Finley announce the addition of women's field hockey as the College's 18th varsity sports program. "We're delighted that the Board of Trustees has approved the addition of field hockey as our 18th intercollegiate sport," Scherrens said. "The College is committed to building a winning program and excited about expanding our recruiting reach into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast."
Field hockey is a great addition to our lineup of intercollegiate athletic offerings at Newberry College," said Finley. "We look forward to welcoming outstanding studentathletes to our campus, and I am glad Newberry College is at the forefront of the sport's growth into the southern region of the United States.
The addition of field hockey brings Newberry's total women's sports offering to 10 sports and is the second women's sport added to the lineup in the last two years, joining women's lacrosse. The Wolves' field hockey team will be the 28th program in NCAA Division II and will be the southernmost field hockey team in all collegiate divisions. Newberry is the second field hockey school in South Carolina after Limestone College in Gaffney, which began its program in 2009. A national search for a coach will commence immediately, with a coach hired in time to recruit students for the 2013-2014 academic year, where players will start the Wolves' first season of competition in fall 2013. Newberry will play its home games at historic Setzler Field, the home of Newberry College football since 1922 and Newberry College women's lacrosse since spring 2012. 23
Athletics Football players excel
Volleyball sees unprecedented success
The Wolves’ volleyball team had a fantastic 2012 season, highlighted by the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win over Flagler on November 29. The scarlet and gray were the sixth seed in the NCAA Southeast Region, making just their second NCAA appearance ever when they upset the defending regional champions, 3-1. Under first year head coach Todd Hay, multiple school records were achieved. At press time, the Wolves were 19-14, tying for the most overall wins since joining the South Atlantic Conference. Newberry’s conference record was 10-8, marking the Wolves’ first-ever winning conference record and most-ever SAC wins. The scarlet and gray won in the first round of the SAC Tournament, to advance to the semifinals for just the third time in school history. Two individuals also had fantastic seasons, with junior Samantha Parrish re-writing the record books. She became Newberry’s fourth first team all-SAC pick after setting the school’s single season and career records for kills. At press time, she had 471 kills for the season, which also put her over 1,000 for her career. She is the only player in school history to reach 1,000 kills before her senior season and is also the only player with 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career. Also jumping up in the record books was sophomore, Elayni Stokes, who had the school’s single season record for digs with 580 at press time. Senior setter Blair Browning became just the fourth Newberry player to hand out 1,000 assists in a single season. 24
The Wolves’ football team jumped into the national rankings with a 4-0 start to the season, but finished 2012 with a record of 5-6. Several players earned individual accolades, including a rare double award for May 2012 nursing graduate Lequawn James. He earned first team all-SAC honors as well as first team Academic All-District honors for the third time. The offensive lineman is still eligible for nearly every conceivable award at press time and will likely earn multiple invitations to “all-star” games. Also at the top was senior linebacker Apollo Stretch, who was a first team all-SAC pick for the second time in his career. He finished his career with 324 tackles, the sixth-most in Newberry history. His 224 solo tackles in his career rank second in school history. This year he finished seventh in the conference with 9.4 tackles per game and a total of 103 tackles, with a conference-high 67 solo tackles. Also earning first team all-SAC honors was wide receiver Corey Washington, while cornerback Brian Spencer and defensive lineman Letavious Williams earned second team all-SAC honors. Others earning Academic All-District honors were linebacker A.J. Booker and defensive lineman Ben Trotter.
Brodie earns region honors for women’s soccer
The Wolves’ soccer programs will look to improve next year after the women went 7-8-4 and the men went 4-11-1 in the 2012 season. Despite the tough year, sophomore Gabrielle Brodie was a standout for the women. The New Zealand native earned DAKTRONICS All-Southeast Region honors, becoming the women’s soccer team’s fifth-ever all-region honoree. She is the first player in Newberry women’s soccer history to ever earn first team all-region honors. Brodie finished the season with 10 goals, two assists and 22 points, including one game-winning goal. She finished the season fourth in the SAC in goals and sixth in points. As only a sophomore, Brodie ranks No. 10 all-time at Newberry in career points and No. 9 in career goals scored.
GO WOLVES! MEN’S SPORTS Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football
Golf Soccer Tennis Wrestling
WOMEN’S SPORTS Basketball Cheerleading Cross Country Field Hockey Golf
Lacrosse Soccer Softball Tennis Volleyball
There were many athletic achievements for Wolves’ fans to howl about in 2012. Numerous new school records were broken and individual and career milestones were accomplished.
• Wrestling team ranked 2nd nationally in the preseason • Both men’s and women’s golf teams ranked in top 25 of the nation after fall tournaments • Women’s basketball has Haylee Lepaio and Neicy Lewis on preseason all-SAC first team, and they are picked third in preseason poll. In first two weeks of season, the Wolves have already defeated the No. 20 team in the nation and claimed both SAC Player of the Week awards • Men’s basketball has Dondray Walker on preseason all-SAC first team, Quayshun Hawkins on preseason all-SAC second team, and are picked third in preseason poll 25
smith road complex Construction on the softball and soccer phases of the Smith Road Complex continues, with the softball field slated to open on February 2, 2013, when firstyear head coach Ciria Triplett and the Wolves host Lees-McRae. The Wolves are scheduled to host 11 doubleheaders at the new Smith Road Complex in the 2013 season. While the softball field is ready, there are still immediate needs in order for the complex to meet its full potential and have the soccer portion ready for play in fall 2013. For more information on ways you can help complete the Smith Road Complex – which range from small donations to opportunities for naming rights – please contact Mike Hold in the Athletic Club office at 803.321.5247 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both the softball and soccer fields are in need of bleachers, while the soccer field will still need perimeter fencing and a scoreboard. We are also looking to add more parking and fencing at the Smith Road Complex. “We’ve made great progress on our athletic facilities on Smith Road, but we need to continue to do more so this complex can be the best it can be,” Director of Athletics Matt Finley said. “We must keep raising funds so the Smith Road Complex is the example for other schools to imitate.”
Booster Club Newberry College is responsible for the actions of its coaches, student-athletes and staff, as well as its alumni, boosters and fans. Boosters are regulated by the same NCAA rules and regulations placed upon all institutional athletics staff members. The following information is intended to help educate athletic boosters and organizations so they can best support Newberry athletes without putting the institution at risk. Booster Education: What is a booster? You are a Booster, or Representative of Athletics Interest, if you: • Have participated in or ever have been a member of a booster organization that supports College/University athletics; • Have made any financial contribution to the athletics department or any athletic organization of the College; • Have been involved in the recruitment of a prospect or have been asked to assist in the recruitment of a prospect; • Have provided or are providing benefits to an enrolled student-athlete or his or her relatives or friends; • Have otherwise been involved in promoting the College’s athletic program; • Have helped arrange employment for studentathletes; • Are a parent or guardian of an enrolled student-athlete; • Are or have ever been a season-ticket holder.
NOTE: Once someone has been identified as a Booster, they will retain that identity forever.
Recruiting: What is a prospective student-athlete? A prospective student-athlete is any person who has begun classes in the ninth grade. A prospective student-athlete remains so even after signing a National Letter of Intent or accepting financial aid and until they report for the first day of classes.
What are Boosters prohibited from doing? • Contacting a prospect in person on or off campus; • Writing or telephoning a prospect or member of the prospect’s family; • Making arrangements for the prospect or the prospect’s relatives or friends to receive money or financial aid; • Providing transportation for a prospect or the prospect’s family or friends to visit the campus; • Providing free tickets or reduced priced tickets to attend an athletic event to the prospect or the prospect’s family or friends; • Entertaining coaches of prospects.
ENROLLED STUDENT ATHLETES: What contact can boosters have with current enrolled student-athletes? A booster may not provide a student-athlete any benefit or special arrangement that would not be offered to the rest of the general student population. This would include: • May not entertain studentathletes or their friends or family; • May not use the name or picture of an enrolled student-athlete to advertise or promote any product or service; • May not provide awards, gifts, or cash to student-athletes; and • May not provide a studentathlete free or reduced cost goods or services.
EMPLOYMENT: A student-athlete may be employed if only for work actually performed, at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar work and the student-athlete was not hired based on athletics ability.
NOTE: Employment may be arranged provided it does not begin before completion of the prospects senior year.
CONSEQUENCES: If a booster provides an impermissible benefit to a prospect, a student-athlete, or their relatives or friends, institutions may be subject to penalties, even if the studentathlete has completed his or her eligibility. A prospect or student-athlete who accepts an impermissible benefit faces the loss of eligibility.
NOTE: An enrolled studentathlete or the entire team may be invited to a booster’s home What are boosters for an occasional home cooked meal, but may not be taken to a permitted to do? restaurant. An occasional meal is defined no more than once per • Notify coaches about month. Boosters may participate in prospects in your area; organized institutional community • Attend athletic contests where engagement activities with enrolled prospects compete, but may student-athletes (effective not contact the prospect or August 1, 2007). prospect’s relatives; • Continue existing friendships with families of prospects, but not attempt to recruit; or • Participate with prospects in organized institutional community activities if the prospects reside within 100mile radius of location. (effective August 1, 2007). 27
Newberry College celebrated Homecoming October 13 with a record attendance! Events throughout the weekend attracted alumni from near and far, as well as many community members, and friends of the College.“Bringing Back the Memories” was this year's theme for the weekend. On Friday night, the Alumni Association hosted a dance in Kaufmann Hall featuring music by the acclaimed East 28
Coast Party Band. Students enjoyed a campus Carnival, sponsored by the Student Government Association, which offered free games and prizes. For the second year in a row, a fantastic fireworks display lit up the evening sky. SGA sponsored the firework show, which took place between the Physical Education Complex and East Hall. The brilliant pyrotechnics could be seen and heard for miles around.
Saturday morning started off with the Alumni Association’s fourth annual Homecoming 5K Run & Walk beginning at 8:00 a.m. More than 100 serious runners and leisure walkers enjoyed the clear, cool morning event. At 10:00 am the College Ring Ceremony was held in Wiles Chapel, followed by the Alumni Association’s Annual Meeting. Anniversary classes were recognized, outstanding awards and door
Save the Date! Homecoming: Oct. 12, 2013 Oct. 18, 2014 prizes were given, and 32 past Homecoming Queens of the College were present and honored. President Scherrens, his wife, Sandy, and son, Dylan, were the Grand Marshals of the Homecoming parade, which featured decorated floats by student organizations, Miss Newberry College and her court, and the honored guests of the weekend, the past Homecoming Queens.
The tailgating atmosphere was like no other at Newberry College. Around the main fountain and the stadium were tents, grills, chairs, and RV’s. The experience provided the perfect opportunity for friends to visit, and students and alumni to network postgraduation hopes and dreams. Setzler Field stadium was packed with cheering fans wearing their favorite colors, scarlet and gray. During halftime,
the Newberry College band performed and Alex Hatch was crowned the 2012 Newberry College Homecoming Queen. “Seeing so many alumni and friends of the College returning to enjoy the weekend’s festivities, tailgating all over the campus on a beautiful fall day is what makes me proud to be a part of the alumni relations efforts at the College,” said John Derrick, Director of Alumni Relations. 29
planned giving major gift Newberry College received a major gift of $575,000.00 for the Speers Street School project from the estate of W. Sidney (`31) and Prema Gnann (`33). “This gift will expand the efforts of Newberry College to provide quality educational training to its education majors and to reach out to the community,” said Jim Hale, Director of Planned Giving. The Speers Street School will house the Department of Teacher Education and Sport Professions and will include a new master’s level program where practicing teachers can earn a degree in Teacher Leadership. Over the next few years on the Speers Street property, the Department also intends to establish the Institute for Teacher Leadership. Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Gnann For more information about the Speers Street Project and how to donate, please contact: Scott Joyner email@example.com Cindy Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Throughout their lives, Sidney and wife Prema were very strong alumni supporters of the College. They endowed two scholarships and made regular contributions to both the annual fund drives and the capital improvement programs of the College, which exceeded a quarter of a million dollars. Both were members of the President’s and Heritage Clubs, giving societies which recognize donors for exceptional generosity. Not satisfied with such, they both decided to give their alma mater a final, most generous charitable gift through estate planning. “I was delighted to work with John Wolff, trustee for the Gnann’s estate and 1967 Newberry College graduate, to determine how best to direct Sydney and Prema's gift to serve the students of Newberry College,” said Barbara Hartley Smith(`65), Newberry College Board of Trustees’ member. “Knowing the Gnanns were dedicated to providing a quality education for as many students as possible, the Speers Street School project is a perfect opportunity to achieve this goal. This project significantly impacts the Newberry College community of today and the generations of tomorrow.” In a visit shortly before his passing with College Director of Alumni Relations, Rev. John Derrick, Sidney remarked with a smile, “I am deeply indebted to Newberry College for accepting me and giving me a great education which opened many doors later in life.” “He was always a gracious host to his visitors, waiting for them proudly dressed in his Newberry College tie!” Rev. Derrick recalls. “He and Prema personified so well the kind of love, faith and loyalty which envisioned, built and sustains the College!”
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Newberry alumni at the 2012 Labor Day Salzburger reunion at Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Rincon, GA. Front row (l to r): Robin Zeigler Leach, Candace Hanberry Rauch, Janelle Dasher Strickland, Lisa Waldhour Repasy, Sylvia Wood Exley, Harriett Zeigler Helmly, Rev. John Derrick. Back row (l to r): Rev. Donald Hanberry, Rev. Alvin Haigler, Winston Exley, Vince Exley, and Benny Ferguson.
Richard E. Herrington (`69) Professional of the Year in Banking Newberry College graduates have been professionally going far for a very long time. No greater proof of such is class of `69 economics major, Richard Herrington, of Franklin, TN. After leaving Newberry, Richard earned a master's degree in economics from Florida State University and then began his banking career at Atlantic National Bank in Jacksonville, Florida. In 1972, an opportunity for greater industry experience moved him to Columbia with South Carolina National Bank and then to Nashville, TN with First American Nation Bank. More education with the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking and graduate studies at Rutgers University poised him to found and manage Hickory Financial System, a software and consulting company in Brentwood, TN. It was a love for banking, however, and great experience gained in decades of senior leadership banking positions that led him to co-found 32
Franklin National Bank and serve as its President. In its 12-year history, Franklin National was one of the most successful community banks in the country; its sale marked the highest multiple of any community bank in history. In 2002, Richard transitioned to become President of Civitas BankGroup, a multi-bank holding company in Franklin. In 2007, he founded Franklin Synergy Bank (Franklin Financial Network) where he currently serves as President. On August 30, 2012, Worldwide Who’s Who named him Professional of the Year in Banking. “I have been very blessed in my life, far beyond anything that I deserve,” Richard recently told the staff of Newberry’s alumni relations office. “I was blessed nearly five decades ago when I chose to attend Newberry College. I cannot properly express how meaningful my Newberry College experience has been to me and my wife, Retha, who also attended Newberry.” Richard’s community service
and leadership go well beyond the bank. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Williamson Medical Foundation and Franklin Tomorrow, a community nonprofit advocating for a shared vision for the future of Franklin. In addition, he is committed to his church, the First United Methodist Church, and is a member of the church’s governing Council. He is also on the Williamson County Library Board. When he is away from the bank, Richard supports United Way Worldwide and enjoys playing golf and spending time with his grandchildren.
On April 7, Columbia Rowing Club honored three Newberry College alumni with the naming of two racing shells that will be used primarily by the CRC Youth Crew. The “Dorothy and Conrad Park” was dedicated to Dorothy Barton Park (’43) and in memory of Dr. Conrad B. Park (’41). The “George B. Park” was named in honor of George Bennet Park (’67).
Tim Robinson (’53) and Gwen Witt (’52) celebrated their 60th anniversary October 25. They are spending these retirement years at Spring Harbor located in Rock Hill, SC. Miriam Beatrice Shealy Logan (’54) and husband are serving on the board of the National Lutheran Lay Renewal of America. The ELCA Central Pennsylvania Synod has qualified her through a two year synodical course to be a Lay Worship Leader. Gerald Mount (’58) has been a member of the Beckman Mental Health Center Board since May 16, 1988. He served as Board chair from September 1995 September 2012.
Donna Heine Leibensperger (’58) and her husband Robert were honored for their contributions to the arts in Canton, OH at the Canton Ballet’s annual Nutcracker Ball on December 1. Donna has served on the Boards of Trustees of the Canton Museum of Art, the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Canton Ballet. She served as president of the auxiliary group of these organizations and has chaired numerous fundraisers since moving to Canton in 1960.
Larry S. Long (’62) is now serving on the Board of Trustees of Lutheran Homes in South Carolina as well as the Board of Trustees of the Lutheran Homes Foundation.
Jean Shelley Murray (’70) Ed.D, lives with her husband Dr. Robert Hild and her dog, Patrick, in Ashland, VA. Following her retirement from public education in 2010, she began another career with private consulting clients and with the International Center for Leadership in Education. Walter Wise (’72) has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Northeast Veterans Business Resource Center (NEVBRC), a nonprofit, 501, communitybased resource center regionally headquartered in Lawrence, MA. Walter and his
Carolyn Jones Hellerich (’75) was ordained as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on May 19, 2012. Pastor Hellerich was called to serve St. Mark’s Lutheran in St. Paul, Nebraska. She received her M.Div. from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in 2011.
wife Nancy, a paraprofessional in the English Language Learners Department at Nashua School, live in Nashua, NH.
School District Four. She resides in Latta, SC with her husband George Liebenrood (’78), Principal of Latta High School.
Vennie Davis Mitchell (’75) is the Director of Collection County Alternative Program in Walterboro, SC.
William P. “Trey” Taylor (’78) has been elected to the office of President of the Alabama Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) for 2013. Trey is a partner in the firm of Yearout and Taylor, P.C. located in Birmingham, AL.
Garry Talbert (`75) is now Program Consultation Director for FamiliFirst, a not-forprofit evidence-based Family Centered Treatment program helping agencies provide effective services to at-risk families. Katie Cromer Bradley (’77) retired from thirty-three years of teaching in June 2012. She taught for 30 years in Greenwood District 50. She is currently an ELA tutor and education consultant with B&H Educational Services. Lynn Robinson Liebenrood (’77) was named Director of Student Services for Dillon
James Prentki (’81) is currently with Hofstra University and is an Assistant Director of Audio Visual Services for Event Management. He is a certified technical specialist (CTS) from InfoComm.org. Diane Boulware (’81), a counselor at Pineview Elementary School, was named Lexington 2’s District Teacher of the Year. Diane has been with Lexington 2 since 1987. She was also named the Crystal Apple 33
Brett Stanton (’82) was recently named First Runner-Up by the National Association of School Superintendents for its 2012 Superintendent of the Year Award.
Scott Crump (’85) retired after 23 years as a trombonist in the United States Air Force Band Program. He recently accepted a civilian position as the Director of the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Drum and Bugle Corps in Colorado Springs, CO. Scott is married to Donna Maddox Crump (’86). Michael Rainwater (’87) received his MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is currently the Director of Software Engineering for Balfour in Dallas, TX. Michael has been awarded two patents from the US Patent Office in the area of social media collaboration technologies.
1990s Jeni Palmer (’91) has been elected President of the South Carolina Employee Assistance Professionals Association.
President and Relationship Manager for Government and Institutional Banking, Wells Fargo Bank located in Lexington, SC. Erin Edwards Oxendine (’93) had her first suspense book, International Stranger, on Amazon in May 2012. Maliyah Faith Willingham was born and weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. The family resides in Prosperity, SC.
Wylie (’98) and Stacia Rucker (’01) welcomed newborn Mims Rucker to the family on October 11, 2012. Chad (’95) and Lynn (’94) Cary welcomed child number three to the family, Elin Grace Cary on April 18, 2012. Chad is a teacher, athletic director and head boys’ basketball coach at Newberry High School. Lynn is director of middle and secondary schools for the School District of Newberry County. q
U.S Army COL Christopher Queen (’82) was recently assigned as the Executive Officer to the Commanding General of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at FT Eustis, VA.
Emmett “Sully” Sullivan (’84) is an assistant administrator at Chapin High School.
Aware Teacher of the Quarter in 2012 and West Metro Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Month in 2010.
Brent Weaver (’92) was one of the nine distinguished appointments to The South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. Brent is Vice
2000 Beth Craddock Davis (’00) and husband Lance Davis welcomed twin sons to the family on March 26, 2012. Their names are Lincoln Decatur Davis and Brennan Taylor Davis.
Janice M. Haigler(`83) was promoted to Brigadier General in July 2011 and is currently the Deputy Commanding General of the 311th Signal Command (Theater) at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, and the Director of Plans and Training at the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, SC.
Tony Sullivan (’99) and his wife have two children, fouryear-old Anisely and 19-month -old Rhyder. Tony is Head Football coach at Green Sea Floyds High School in Green Sea, SC.
Becky Munn (’96) is a Quality Assurance Process Review Coordinator with LifeLink Tissue Bank in Tampa, FL. Carla (Boozer) Willingham (’96) married Todd Willingham on June 27, 2011. On May 23, 2012
Huger Caughman, Jr. (’00) completed his M.Ed . from Grand Canyon University in Arizona in November 2011. His concentration was curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in technology.
Tanner McClellan Bluestein on March 8, 2012. The proud parents had Tanner baptized on October 12 in Wiles Chapel.
Monica Scott (’06) was recognized with the Rising Star award from the 2012 Columbia Regional Business Report’s first Influential Women in Business luncheon. Monica has been employed at Dennis Corporation as the director of marketing since 2006.
Amanda Bluestein (’04) and her husband, Brian Bluestein, welcomed their first child
Erica Lybrand (`06) has joined the law firm of Rogers, Townsend & Thomas in Columbia, SC.
Alex Haynes (’08) is in his first year on the Northwestern Oklahoma State University coaching staff. Prior to accepting the position of running backs coach for Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alex was working in the behavioral health industry at psychiatric hospitals and group homes for children and adolescents.
Tommy and Jes Burke (both ’07) welcomed the birth of Brody Thomas Burke on May 27, 2012. The family resides in Lafayette, LA.
Mark Lee (’08) is an Unemployment Insurance Claims Supervisor with the SC Department of Employment and Workforce in Columbia, SC. Patrick Slenski (’09) is currently working in Greenville, SC for ScanSource Inc. ScanSource is a wholesale distributor specializing in technology products. Cy Wainwright (’09) earned his Master of Sports Management degree from St. Cloud State University. He is now the Head Wrestling Coach at Coker College in Hartsville, SC.
Mary E. Woods (’02) was inducted into the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology on June 1, 2012. She is the President of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for Key Women Educators and the first African-American member of the Alpha Iota Chapter elected as President. She is also the President for the Sumter Chapter of the National Association of Professional Women. She is currently employed at Piedmont Technical College as an Adjunct Professor.
Dr. Kayce Shealy (`05), was named the 2012 Distinguished Young Pharmacist by the South Carolina Pharmacy Association (SCPhA).
Andrea Novak Camp (’08) married Chavous Camp, on September 14 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Columbia, SC. Andrea currently works for her husband as his Office Manager at Salter & Camp. q
Ken (’01) and Kelly Chapman Furtick (’00) welcomed their third child into their family. Owen Kelly Furtick. Ken is currently working as the Executive Officer for the 3rd Squadron 16th Cavalry Regiment stationed at Fort Benning. Kelly stays busy with her volunteer work and taking care of the three boys Andrew (5), Jonathan (3), and Owen (16m).
Shirolyn Johnson (’05) received a graduate degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Lander University in 2010. Currently Shirolyn is employed as a ER RN at Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, SC.
James Thompson (’08) married Addie Bunn, on May 12, 2012 on Edisto Island. He is a State Farm agent in Camden, SC, hired by the current Alumni Association President, Larry S. DiBiase. He and his wife reside in Columbia, SC in the Forest Acres area.
Kelsee Stephens (’09) received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC. She obtained a position as an Outpatient Therapist at Melange Health Solution in Charlotte, NC. 35
Mike Morin (’10) was promoted to Branch Manager at Enterprise.
First Annual John "Dopey" Edwards Open is a Success
Ben Brooks (’10) married Jessica Troutman (’12) on July 18, 2012 in Waynesville, MO. They are stationed at Fort Hood, TX.
Bottom row (l to r) Lloyd Pearson, Rusty Bouton, Lanny Pigg, Larry Di Baise, Mike McInerny, and Mike Black. Top row (l to r) Coach Dave Davis, Dennis Swygert, Tommy Martin, John Smith, Gary Peagram, Mike Mehann, and Steve Annan. q
Haley Elizabeth Trexler (’10) and Harry Neal Cabaniss (’11) were married June 9, 2012 at St. Lukes Chapel in Charleston, SC. The newlyweds reside in Summerville, SC. Faith Franklin (’12) is currently employed as a legal assistant with Korn Law Firm, a South Carolina default service law firm located in Columbia, SC. She is residing in Columbia.
On August 10-12, 2012, twelve former Newberry College basketball players plus the current coach, Dave Davis, met for the Inaugural John "Dopey" Edwards Open. Since everyone enjoyed this gathering, it was decided to return to Southern Pines/Pinehurst, NC on August 23 - 25, 2013 for the Second Annual Open and hopefully many more to come.
Newberry College Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Benjamin Reeves ('12) and Ashlyn Suhr Cox ('09) have enrolled in Seminary.
Caleb Brazell (’12) is an Accounts Manager at XPO Logistics.
Thomas and Cara `06 [Lee] Kropinski announce the birth of their daughter, Juliet Frances, born June 30, 2012. The Kropinskis reside in Lexington, SC.
The Derek Revord Endowment was established with the Coastal Community Foundation in Charleston, SC in memory of Derek Revord, Class of 2002, to benefit the Special Olympics serving the Low Country.
Pictured above are the 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees (l to r) Dennis Swygert (`69, Football); Kathy Satcher Felts (`02, Basketball and Softball); Tommy Williamson (`73, Football).
Katie Justice (`09) Bloemfontein, South Africa
Rebecca Wicker (`12) at the BCCM’s Women’s and Handicraft Center in Tenom, Malaysia
Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM)
Each of these alums understands what ‘engaged citizenship’ really involves. Through their talents and compassion, both offer hope to the disadvantaged among us and serve as inspiration to all of us.
– Dr. Jesse Scott, Professor of History
After graduation, Katie Justice (`09) and Rebecca Wicker (`12) took it upon themselves to take their great Newberry experience and education global. Each is part of Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM), a yearlong, servant-leadership program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Newberry College’s affiliate denomination. “Newberry College prepared me for this journey through the Values Based Learning program,” Katie says. “Learning and participating in service made me realize God was calling me to serve my community, both locally and globally. Being in Bloemfontein, South Africa, I am again experiencing the love and community I felt while at Newberry. If it were not for my time at Newberry College and for the recommendation of Pastor Ernie Worman, I do not believe that I would be where I am at today.” For a year, Katie will be doing volunteer work with Towers of Hope and assisting the Dean of the Free State Circuit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of South Africa with administrative duties. “This does not surprise me about her,” one of Katie’s religion professors, the Rev. Dr. Mike Beggs, remarked. “As a student she led student efforts to address the suffering in Darfur. As a graduate she worked to assist the homeless in the Greenville-Spartanburg area of South Carolina.” Having been assigned a pan-Lutheran experience with the Basel Christian Church of Malaysia (BCCM), Rebecca Wicker (`12) works at the BCCM’s Women's and Handicraft Center in Tenom. There she helps women develop vocational skills in Fair Trade Handicrafts. She also is engaged outside the center with leading a children and youth choir and helps teach conversational English. Rebecca’s great leap of faith was also encouraged by many of the College personnel like religion professor, the Rev. Dr. Wayne Kannaday. He says of the Walterboro, SC native, “Rebecca was a dedicated student who engaged in theological reflection and campus ministry, and who possessed a deep sense of vocation and call. She is someone with deep commitment and passion about causes that matter, someone who was always actively involved in service learning experiences across campus.” Keep up with Katie and Rebecca through their blogs- Living in Ubuntu, found at http://katiesadventureinsouthafrica.wordpress.com/, and On the Far Side of the World, found at http://farsideofworld.blogspot.com/. 37
annual alumni awards The Philip T. Kelly, Jr. Outstanding Young Alumni Award The Philip T. Kelly, Jr. Outstanding Young Alumni Award was presented to Melanie Metze Corn (`07) and husband, Michael K. Corn (`08). After finishing Newberry, Melanie taught high school mathematics and then furthered her interests and education by obtaining a Master of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Christian Education from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. As the Director of Christian Education at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Chapin, SC, she has been an active force promoting efforts to strengthen young alumni support for and involvement with her alma mater. Michael also furthered his education post graduation at the University of South Carolina, finishing a Master’s in Music Education degree in 2012. Since 2007, he has been the choir director at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Little Mountain, SC. He also is a Low Brass teacher at Music and Arts in Columbia and teaches Band and Orchestra at Hopkins Middle School, Hopkins, SC. Along with Melanie, he enjoys supporting and promoting his alma mater.
The Thomas A. Epting Outstanding Alumni Award The Thomas A. Epting Outstanding Alumni Award was presented to Robert “Bob” Hampton (`61). After graduating with a B.S. in Education and then earning a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of South Carolina, Bob became a beloved teacher and coach for many decades in various SC high schools. He served as the Director of the South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SCAHPERD) from 1981-2002 and has been a member of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport since 1984. He has been an active member of the Newberry College Lettermen’s Club for 35 years, serving as a member of its Board of Directors for two years. He served on the Newberry College Indian Club Board of Directors for 11 years, nine as a Executive Officer, and has been a member of the College’s President’s Club for 22 years. In 2002, he endowed an athletic basketball scholarship. In 2006, Bob received a 150th Anniversary Newberry College Medal of Honor. He has been married to alumna, the former Dottie Yon (`61), for 50 years. They have three children and five grandchildren
The Noah and Pansy Derrick Outstanding Non-Alumni Award
The Noah and Pansy Derrick Outstanding Non-Alumni Award was presented to Denise Reid of Newberry, SC. Denise is a retired public school art teacher who was selected as “Teacher of the Year” three times during her career. She is currently the Co-President of the Newberry Newcomer’s Club, serves on the Board of the Newberry Opera House, is Vice-President of the Newberry Opera House Guild and a member of the Newberry Historical Society. It was through her son Zebulon(’02) and her relationship to Newberry that Denise’s love, faith and loyalty to Newberry College began to deepen. Ranging from helping to provide his dormitory’s lobby with more functional and inviting furniture, to getting deeply involved with various fundraising efforts for college projects, such as the renovation of Keller Hall and significant athletic department upgrades, to most recently, procuring and developing the adjacent Speers Street School property into state-of-the-art space to relocate the newly expanded Department of Teacher Education and Physical Education.
Dr. Sally Cherrington Beggs Memorial Melass Scholarship Merit The Newberry College Music Department and the Cherrington Beggs family are pleased to announce Business the establishment of the Dr. Sally Cherrington Beggs Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of Scholarship “Dr. Sally” who lost her three-year battle with a rare sinus-brain cancer in March 2012. The last 12 years of her life Dr. Sally served Newberry College as the Chair of the Music Department and College Endowed Organist. Under her leadership the size of the department has doubled, the Alumni Music Center has "My Newberry College days began in 1942 as a V-12 Naval trainee and lasted two years. Although my time at Newberry was shorter than others, I have always considered my time there as an essential part of all my future successes in life." –Donald K. Melass, Homosassa, FL
been refurbished and the quality of the program has elevated Newberry College to one of the premiere private college music programs in South Carolina. Dr. Sally represented Newberry College nationally as a recitalist and workshop clinician at events sponsored by the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the Organ Historical Society (OHS), and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) and Augsburg-Fortress Press. Her deepest passion, however, was the integration of music into the worship of the Church. The Dr. Sally Cherrington Beggs Memorial Scholarship is intended to honor her memory and to promote the cultivation of promising organists/musicians who are dedicated to using their talents to enrich the worship life of the Church. Please assist Newberry College in this effort by 1) contacting Dr. Victor Vallo, the Chair of the Music Department, with contact information of prospective students who would be suitable candidates for this scholarship and 2) making your tax-deductible donation to the Dr. Sally Cherrington Beggs Memorial Scholarship. The family and faculty would like to thank you for your support.
Israel Study Tour with Newberry College June 1-14, 2013 Walk Where Jesus Walked
Rev. Ernie Worman This fabulous study tour is being coordinated through the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies. The all-inclusive cost is $4,198. For more information, please call Chaplain Worman (803) 947.2052 email@example.com www.newberry.edu
Hosted by campus chaplain, the Rev. Ernie Worman, and Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Dr. Monte Luker, this life-changing, faith-building, Bible-illuminating event will be accompanied by Newberry religion program professors, Dr. Wayne Kannaday and Dr. Christina Wendland. Newberry students, alumni, pastors, and friends of the College are invited to join the journey. Many Old and New Testament sites will be visited along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea, and the Red Sea. Participants will go inside the ancient walled city of Jerusalem and visit the venerated Holy Sepulcher, the Western Wall, and the Temple Mount where now stands the Dome of the Rock, sacred to the world’s three major monotheistic religions. Travelers will see active archaeological digs uncovering secrets of the ancient City of David, Sepphoris, Jericho, and more. They will view 2000-year-old olive trees up close in Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives and walk the streets of Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Caesarea Philippi, and many more places of Jesus’ recorded life and ministry. In addition, sojourners will also visit with renowned Palestinian Arab Christian leader and peace-activist, Arch Bishop Elias Chacour, Israel’s 2001 Man-of-the-Year, as his schedule allows. A pdf brochure about the tour is available on our website’s campus ministry page. 39
Engaging alumni Twelve Ways Alumni Can Help Newberry College! 1. Refer a student to admissions: if they mention your name, we will waive their application fee! 2. Regularly support the Annual Fund with a gift to the College. 3. Attend an athletic event. 4. Encourage co-workers who need to complete their degrees to apply to FastFORWARD. 5. Remember Newberry College in your Will or Estate Plan. 6. Attend a recruiting fair in your area to help our admissions staff. 7. Host or co-host an alumni event in your city or town. 8. Participate in a Career Services event on campus. 9. Make a major gift in support of your area of study or profession. 10. Provide an internship opportunity at your business. 11. Sponsor a student to attend one of our many summer camps. 12. Visit the campus with a prospective student. 40
The Admissions Office is Calling Your Name Alumni have a unique opportunity to assist the admissions staff in recruiting students to come to Newberry. There are no better promoters than those men and women who have benefited from their Newberry experiences and want to share their enthusiasm with the next generation. Some of our volunteer opportunities take just a little time once or twice a year; other roles require more frequent involvement. Consider these possibilities and contact the Alumni Office if you are interested in volunteering:
• Locally, we need friendly men and women to help out with open house programs. Duties might include talking with parents and students during receptions and meals. For alumni who are comfortable with public speaking, we also have opportunities for panel presentations about careers and graduate school. • For those who live in places distant from the College, opportunities include representing Newberry at college fairs and becoming a resource for families who want to meet with a representative in their home area. • In all areas, near and far, we would like to establish alumni groups that are willing to call accepted students to encourage them to attend Newberry. The Admissions Office, of course, will provide training and guidance. The added value for all volunteers is the chance to learn in depth about current student life and to be engaged in building the College’s future. These are wonderful new opportunities to advance Newberry by giving your time. For more information about working with Admissions, please contact: Delsie Phillips, Dean of Enrollment Management Phone: 1-800-845-4955 ext. 5127 or 803-321-5127 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
visit our campus Please join us this spring semester for Fine Arts and Lecture (FAL) Events on the Newberry College campus along with other fun activities.
Fun Day • 2pm-8pm: Football Practice Field
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• 1:00pm: Football Spring Game
Join the Fun! April 13, 2013 Spring Games • 11:30am: Football Alumni
History and a Movie: M: A City Seeks a Murderer Spirituality Expressed Through the Performing Arts SANKOFA: Traveling African Museum
Kohn Lecture Hall
Lutheran Author Mark Mustian African American Read-In
AMC Recital Hall Smeltzer Blue Room
Gerding Authors Series: Marilyn Nelson Emmy Nominee and HBO Def Poet Jon Goode History and a Movie: Night of the Hunter Awards Day Convocation
Newberry Opera House
Newberry Opera House Wessels Library
AMC Recital Hall Kohn Lecture Hall Wiles Chapel
Newberry College Theatre Spring Newberry Opera House Production –Murder Mystery Weekend Of Doom: A Love Story International Day AMC Recital Hall Raise Your Voice! Wiles Chapel Theatre Inge Auerbacher – Holocaust Survivor
AMC Recital Hall
Baccalaureate Service Spring Commencement
Wiles Chapel Eleazer 41
Ruby Clary Glenn 10/15/2012
Blondell Hamm Koon 8/24/2012 Bessie Josephine Boozer Sims 7/12/2012
Dora Elizabeth B. Hanna 7/8/2012 Marion W. Oliver, Sr. 8/30/2012 Sara Paysinger Shealy 8/7/2012
Bud Spezza 5/26/2012
1942 William M. “Bill” Blalock 8/22/2012 1944
1954 Teddy Earl “Buddy” Barker 1/9/2011 Ernest Alexandria Belvin, Jr. 2/15/2012 Allene Merchant Cook 8/12/2012 Donald B. Loadholdt 11/4/2012 1955
Annette Young Cox 11/27/2011 Joan Spigner Dennis 7/1/2012 John D. Kicklighter 2/6/2012
Anne Hendrix Barnes 8/13/2012
Edward W. Burke, Jr. 6/15/2011 David A. Epting, Jr. 9/14/2012
1958 Irby Lee Raines, Jr. 10/29/2012
James “Jim” Harold Hendrix 6/24/2012 May Hollis Robinson 7/9/2012
Barbara Houck Gill 5/3/2012 Thomas Barker Hollingsworth 5/1/2012 Larry R. Stephens 12/17/2011 Raynold Stoudemayer 7/19/2012
Mary Elizabeth Oellerich 9/7/2012
Charles Edward Edge 8/24/2012
1949 Helen Grech Newman 4/20/2012 1951
Thomas Ambrose Surratt 5/15/2012
1952 Ross J. Horton 7/6/2012 42
Riley Leon Maxwell 7/10/2012
Rodney Walter Parrott 2/9/2012 William Brown Simpson, Sr. 5/18/2012
1962 Manly Eugene McDaniel, Jr. 1/26/2010
1963 Lenich Eric Coker, Sr. 8/1/2012
Charles Randy Fleming 6/16/2012 Rebecca A. Hyer 5/12/2012 Johnnie Bell Gregory “Dot” Ladd 5/28/2012 Harold V. Leavell 8/5/2012 Kelly Marie Zak Meeks 9/8/2012 Jacquelyn Carter Miller 8/13/2012 John Culbreth Robinson, Sr. 6/5/2012 William George Sawyers 4/24/2012 James Richard Shealy 7/1/2012 Vivienne Taylor Shelby 8/24/2012
Donald Ray “Donnie” Gambrell 6/19/2012
Juanita “Nita” Williams Frazier 6/8/2012
1965 Olin Watson Moore, Jr. 4/26/2012
1966 Emily Blair Williams 5/27/2012
1967 Wayne Everett Collins 10/25/2012 1968 William Frederick “Bill” Leineweber, III 6/14/2012
1973 Stephen John Muirhead 9/12/2012 1978
Samuel Keith Dixon 6/11/2012
1992 James Larry Tilby 5/3/2012 2011
Allen E. Germerhausen 11/22/2012
Attended Steven Alan Badinga 4/19/2012 Robert C. Barrett, Sr. 5/11/2012 Kalliope “Carrie” Metchicas Dimitri 5/26/2012 Lurleen Halfacre Eargle 10/23/2012
Byron L. Anderson 4/8/2012 Marvin I. Beskin 6/20/2012 Donald Darrow 2/17/2012 Jack Paul Magnusen 9/14/2011 C.A. Norton, Jr. “Jocko” or “Coach” 5/6/2012 Kenneth W. Saylor, Jr. 1/9/2012 Charles Wesley “Charlie” Swisher, II 4/28/2012
Faye Shealy Kinard 8/26/2012 Dorothy Burke Morton 6/1/2012
BOARD OF TRUSTEES Ms. Cindee Bailey Mr. L. Wayne Pearson - Treasurer Dr. Laura N. Black Mr. Marshall Prince The Rev. Kirk P. Bridgers Mr. Michael Reid Mr. Willard O. Brodie III Ms. Barabara H. Smith Mr. Joel M. Carter - Vice Chairman Mr. Frank S. Snyder Mr. Larry S. DiBiase Mr. John Michael “Mike” Surles Mr. R. Jonathan “Shot” Hart Mr. Joseph A. “Joe” Trainor III Mr. Robert (Bob) Franklin James II Mr. David L. Vorpagel Mr. Fred B. Johnston II - Secretary Mr. Eric Wells Dr. Betsy M. McDowell Mr. Billye West - Executive Committee, At-Large Dr. J. Wade Nichols The Rev. Dr. Mark Wilhelm Mr. Hugo A. “Hap” Pearce - Chairman The Rev. Dr. Herman R. Yoos III, Bishop SC Synod, ELCA Mr. Eugene Chin Yu
INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT STAFF Scott Joyner, Vice President of Institutional Advancement email@example.com (803) 321-5617
DEVELOPMENT Jason Boice, Director of Annual Giving and Scholarships Manager firstname.lastname@example.org (803) 321-5694
John Derrick, Director of Alumni Relations and Major Gifts email@example.com (803) 321-5692
Sarah Dougherty, Scholarship Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org (803) 321-5651
Jim Hale, Director of Planned Giving email@example.com (803) 321-5141
Susan Walker, Research firstname.lastname@example.org (803) 321-5651
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS Sharon McCallum Lackey, Director of Marketing Communications email@example.com (803) 321-5136
Brie Logue, Electronic Media Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org (803) 321-5113 Writing/Editing by College Faculty and Staff Photos by Larry Cameron Additional Photos by College Faculty and Staff Please send correspondence to the Office of Institutional Advancement 2100 College Street, Newberry, SC 29108 Phone: 1-800-845-4955 Newberry College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor’s Degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Newberry College. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. Newberry College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, gender, veteran status, genetic characteristic, or disability in employment or the provision of services. Newberry College encourages a diversity of applicants. Foreign Nationals should indicate current United States immigration status when submitting application materials.
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Visit Newberry College’s New Website! www.newberry.edu Newberry College is always looking for new ways to keep our alumni and friends connected to the College. With all the new forms of technology and social media available, not only is it easy for us to reach our alumni and friends, it is also easy for you to reach us! Through e-mails, web streaming videos, the Newberry College pages on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube, we are able to bring your College to you and you can interact with us. If you are not receiving e-mails from the College and would like to be added to our e-mail list, please visit the Newberry College home page and join our e-mail list today.
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Attention Alumni: Stay Connected! Research is currently being done to update information for Newberry College’s Alumni Office and the Online Directory. This vital resource helps the College communicate with individual alumni, with various alumni affinity groups, and provides only alumni a resource to stay connected with classmates. The current research will be used to produce a purchasable hardcover directory, projected to be released in April `13, by Alumni Research, Inc. If you haven’t already updated your information, please call ARI to do so at 1-855-277-5546, ext. 0. Thank you for supporting this important effort.
Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Newberry College